Advanced Plus Security Kongo's Computer Security Config 2024

Last updated
Jul 17, 2024
How it's used?
For home and private use
Operating system
Windows 11
On-device encryption
BitLocker Device Encryption for Windows
Log-in security
    • Hardware security key
Security updates
Allow security updates and latest features
Update channels
Allow stable updates only
User Access Control
Always notify
Smart App Control
Off
Network firewall
Enabled
About WiFi router
- Speedport Smart 4
- Firewalla Blue +
Real-time security
Deep Instinct Endpoint Protection
GlassWire
Firewall security
Microsoft Defender Firewall with Advanced Security
About custom security

Hardening tools:
- Firewall Hardening (blocking outbound connections of LOLBins)
- Run by SmartScreen (forces SmartScreen to scan files of choice)

- STOP/DJVU Ransomware Vaccine (immunizes system against this type of ransomware)
- O&O ShutUp10 (recommended settings)
- O&O AppBuster (removed unecessary Windows 11 apps)
- Windows Sandbox



System settings:
- Microsoft Defender running in sandbox (inactive)
- Reputation Based Protections (all modules enabled)
- Smart App Control enabled

- Data Execution Prevention set to AlwaysOn
- Core Isolation: Memory Integrity enabled
-
Kernel-mode Hardware-enforced Stack Protection enabled
- Secure Boot enabled
- Drives encrypted via TPM (BitLocker)
- Windows Update Delivery Optimization disabled
- AutoPlay disabled
- Network Discovery disabled (Public Firewall profile)
- PowerShell --> Constrained Language Mode
- Hide extensions for known file types --> disabled
- Show hidden files --> enabled

- Virtualization enabled (allows Application Sandboxing)
- Custom Exploit Protection Settings for Firefox:
Code:
Block low integrity images - ON
Block remote images - ON
Block untrusted fonts - ON
Control flow guard (CFG) - ON
Data execution prevention (DEP) - ON + Enable thunk emulation - CHECKED
Disable extension points - ON
Force randomization for images (Mandatory ASLR) - ON + Do not allow stripped images - CHECKED
Randomize memory allocations (Bottom-up ASLR) - ON
Validate exception chains (SEHOP) - ON
Validate handle usage - ON
Validate heap integrity - ON
Validate image dependency integrity - ON

Thanks to @oldschool for sharing! :)

ㅤㅤㅤHardware Firewall (Firewalla Blue Plus):
- Active Protect (Strict)
- Ad Block (Strict)
- OISD blocklist enabled in Firewalla
- New Device Quarantine (restricted internet access for newly connected devices)

- Geo-IP Filtering (blocking connections from and to Russian + Chinese IPs)
- Unbound DNS enabled for all devices
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Periodic malware scanners
Norton Power Eraser, X-Sec and AdwCleaner
Malware sample testing
I do participate in malware testing. See details about my testing environment below.
Environment for malware testing
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VMware Workstation Player + Mullvad VPN on host machine while connected to the guest network.

Online Malware Analysis Platforms that I use:


- FileScan.iO
- Intenzer Analyze
- Hybrid Analysis
- VirusTotal
- Sophos Intelix
- Valkyrie
- ANY.RUN
-
Triage
- Kaspersky Threat Intelligence Portal
-
Docguard.iO
- PolySwarm
- Yomi
- Neiki.Dev
- ThreatZone
- UnpacMe


--> Currently I am barely testing
Browser(s) and extensions

Mozilla Firefox v. 128.0.0

Extensions:
- uBlock Origin Lite
- SafeToOpen

- Bitwarden


Browser privacy and security settings:
- Tracking protection: Strict (enables Total Cookie Protection)
- Enable secure DNS using: Max Protection
- HTTPS-only-mode enabled
- DuckDuckGo set as search engine
- Pocket disabled
- Sending DNT-requests disabled (enabling makes you more identifiable and barely gives any advantage on most sites.)
- Clearing browsing data on exit
- Search suggestions disabled
- Websites overview disabled
- Blocking incoming location, camera and microphone requests
- AutoPlay for audio and video disabled
- Firefox telemetry disabled (also in about:config)
- Blocking pop-ups
- Warn when websites try to install addons enabled
- Protection against fraudulent content and dangerous software enabled



about:config tweaks:
- network.dns.echconfig.enabled =
true
- network.dns.use_https_rr_as_altsvc = true
- fission.autostart = true
- pdfjs.enableScripting =
false
- network.IDN_show_punycode = true
- security.ssl.require_safe_negotiation = true

- geo.enabled = false
- webgl.disabled = true
- network.trr.mode =
3 (NextDNS)

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Secure DNS

- NextDNS with DoH + OISD blocklist (Firefox exclusively)
- Unbound DNS (Network-wide)


Desktop VPN
Proton VPN with Secure Core, NetShield and Permanent Kill Switch
Password manager
Bitwarden Premium
Maintenance tools
PatchMyPC, RuckZuck, UpdateHub, HiBit Uninstaller and Windows built in tools for cleaning and optimization
File and Photo backup
backup to external drive when necessary
Subscriptions
    • Google One Standard 200GB
System recovery
Aomei Backupper
Risk factors
    • Browsing to popular websites
    • Browsing to unknown / untrusted / shady sites
    • Opening email attachments
    • Buying from online stores, entering banks card details
    • Downloading software and files from reputable sites
    • Gaming
    • Streaming audio/video content from shady sites
    • Downloading malware samples
Computer specs
GPU: Nvidia Geforce RTX 360 TI
CPU: Intel I5 12600K
RAM: 16 GB DDR4-3200 Crucial
Hard disks: 500 GB Samsung 970 EVO Plus + 1 TB Western Digital Blue
Notable changes
- Updated for year 2024
What I'm looking for?

Looking for minimum feedback.

Warencom

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Feb 7, 2024
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Instead of relying on someone else's settings, I recommend exploring the "about:config" page yourself and researching individual settings to understand their purpose and potential impact. This way, you can tailor your Firefox experience to your specific needs and security concerns.
 
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Kongo

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I currently have / use both, why replace mullvad? what do you know that I have not heard? I "tested" a month or 2 ago, Proton was faster.
Exactly that. Proton seems to be much faster. Privacy-wise I would still slightly lean towards Mullvad.
 
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Kongo

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Instead of relying on someone else's settings, I recommend exploring the "about:config" page yourself and researching individual settings to understand their purpose and potential impact. This way, you can tailor your Firefox experience to your specific needs and security concerns.
In my case all the about:config settings I use are pretty basic and shouldn't impact the browsing experience in any way. But yeah, it's a rabbit hole that everyone should explore by themselves.
 

Kongo

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According to the page you have a 360ti? Is that a typo or an actual thing?
Actual thing 👀

Screenshot 2024-02-26 155235.png
 

Jonny Quest

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I currently have / use both, why replace mullvad? what do you know that I have not heard? I "tested" a month or 2 ago, Proton was faster.
During the short time I tried Proton, it seemed to use a lot of Memory, it surprised me. Maybe its because it has a more advanced UI and settings than Mullvad? Adding up Mullvad's RAM came to ~210 MB.

proton.jpg

mullvad.jpg
 

simmerskool

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Exactly that. Proton seems to be much faster. Privacy-wise I would still slightly lean towards Mullvad.
BTW & fwiw, this morning with mullvad, 3 different US locations are report "leaking DNS servers" using the mullvad connection checker. I see this sometimes, but not on 3 different locations in a row... o_O
 

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- replaced Adguard with uBlock Origin Lite
Firefox will keep supporting APIs required for MV2 adblockers to work so that users don't have to downgrade to a less capable MV3 adblocker. Using a MV3 adblocker in Firefox feels like undermining the work done by the Firefox team to keep MV2 adblockers alive while still adopting MV3 :unsure:
 

Kongo

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Firefox will keep supporting APIs required for MV2 adblockers to work so that users don't have to downgrade to a less capable MV3 adblocker. Using a MV3 adblocker in Firefox feels like undermining the work done by the Firefox team to keep MV2 adblockers alive while still adopting MV3 :unsure:
True, but I just wanted a simple adblocker without a bunch of settings... Will probably switch back in the future anyway. You know me. 😅
 

Kongo

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Renewed my Deep Instinct subscription.

Sent an email to my reseller 5 minutes ago and asked them to downgrade from 2 devices to one device. Received an answer 2 minutes later. Really glad that I found those guys.

You gonna go for the renewal too? @Shadowra
 
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SpuShelter doesn't appear to have an identity. What the hell does it do exactly?
As user of Spyshelter (still valid lifetime license purchased long time ago from the original developer Datpol),
I think the most interesting feature useful for people what looking for that: Application Control, including sort of file reputation...
 

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